SGA Makes Impact on Community
by Natalie Perlov on Friday, June 7th, 2013
Although public sentiment towards Milton’s Self-Governing Association may vary, everyone can agree that the SGA is an active organization on campus that impacts the Milton community positively. This group is comprised of elected students, such as co-head monitors, day and boarding monitors, and class representatives.
We hear a lot about the SGA, whether in the context of DC statements, student correspondence with representatives, or community spirit events. Without the SGA, we would not have any student input on disciplinary measures. After all, the SGA members are students who face the same pressures as everyone else. We need that sympathetic ear on those discipline committees to provide a critical peer perspective.
In addition to everyday issues which the SGA handles, the SGA is also involved in other parts of life at Milton. The SGA involves itself in many other activities, such as monitoring elections, Gotcha, and inter-grade activities.
At the core of the SGA are good intentions; everything the SGA does is for the ultimate goal of bettering the school, making it a safer and healthier place and a closer community. How successful is the SGA in accomplishing these goals? Overall, the SGA arguably has a meaningful impact on the school.
The freshman grade’s representatives have been, by consensus, particularly effective in their attempts to communicate the student body’s ideas to SGA. Posts to the conference and announcements during assemblies about open SGA meetings and opportunities for students to voice their opinions have been innumerable. The SGA puts in a lot of effort in order for students’ voices to be heard. It does everything it can to put some of the power into the community’s hands; whether we accept this responsibility or not is our own choice. At the very least, the freshmen feel like they can have their voices heard.
If we choose to take advantage of these opportunities, our ideas and plans, like movie nights and class trips, can come to fruition and make our high school experience at Milton Academy more enjoyable. Ultimately, the power of the SGA is determined by how much the students push for action.
However, the SGA has little independence in carrying out its policies. While the SGA’s faculty advisors give the representatives meaningful advice, they also temper all of the SGA’s actions with the influence of the administration. The SGA has a decent amount of freedom in planning one-time events, but its liberty largely stops there. The SGA can initiate plenty of great ideas, but ultimately cannot make any substantive changes to an administration controlled community.
Though the SGA isn’t perfect and some of their actions are highly debated amongst the Milton Academy community, on the whole, it does a very good job of making Milton a safer, happier, and better place.
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